What is Aromatherapy?

June 27, 2008 · Print This Article

What is aromatherapy?
A beautiful, relaxing, natural and holistic approach to life.

What is aromatherapy essential oil?
Extracted from flowers, leaves, bark and peel, aromatherapy is a therapy which uses concentrated oils in a number of holistic treatments to promote health and well-being in all who deign to use it. It can relieve a number of health conditions such as tension headaches, aching muscles, depression, anxiety or stress and insomnia for example and works on both a psychological and physiological state.

There are many different essential oils available, so it is always wise to think about the properties of individual oils so that you can match them to your required use.

What is aromatherapy massage?
Having any massage is beneficial to the person receiving it but coupling that with the relevant essential oil of your choice, can relax, invigorate, calm, induce and sedate depending on the type of massage that is being practiced.

Lavender oil is always a popular choice for many people and the qualities in lavender include:

• Being able to induce sleep
• Useful in colic in young children when rubbed gently over the tummy
• To alleviate stress

Bergamot oil can be used for many reasons although care must be taken to not expose skin which has had received a bergamot oil massage as it can lead to burns if under direct sunlight.

• Fear
• Stress
• Tension
• Infection

What is aromatherapy inhalation?

Using aromatherapy in a steam inhalant is wonderful if someone is suffering from a cold, sinus problem or feels tired, tense and head muddled. It is simple and effective to use: Fill a bowl with boiling water and add three drops of your chosen oil, lower head until approximately 12 inches from the water. Place a towel over your head so that you are covered and breathe in deeply to receive the benefits.

Cedarwood oil is beneficial for:

Calming and balancing energy
Removing excess phlegm and catarrh
Increasing feelings of spirituality

Orange oil is beneficial for:

• Sedative
• Anti-inflammatory
• Antiseptic
• Anti-depressant

What is aromatherapy baths?

Adding up to ten drops of your favorite essential oils to your bath can be a wonderful way to receive all of the benefits and wind down for the day. Similarly, oils can be used in a bath to invoke energy and to stimulate the senses at the start of the day if preferred.

An energizing bath

• 2 drops of lemon
• 2 drops of frankincense
• 3 drops of rosemary

Add this to your bath and then enjoy the invigorating oils.

To help with feelings of fear or nervousness

• 4 drops of basil
• 6 drops of geranium

Foot bath to soothe tired feet:

• 3 drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of water and leave feet to soak for approximately twenty minutes. Feet will feel greatly refreshed afterwards.

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